On December 18, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos, Vice-President Martin Harvier, Chief Judge Ryan Andrews, and Council Members Tony Collins, Sr., Tom Largo, Lorna Ray and Willardine Sampson were sworn into office.
The inauguration began with the posting of the colors by the Salt River High School JROTC, followed by the national anthem sung by Onk Akimel Odham Ne’edam.
Former Community Chair Filmore Carlos presented the invocation, and former Community Vice-President Merna Lewis provided a welcome address.
Traditional singing groups Bird Singing and Dancing by the River and O’othm Ne’ethm presented special performances.
The special guest speaker was the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, Dennis K. Burke, who spoke about working with President Enos on the Tribal Law and Order Act. He said he looked forward to working with the Community in the future as well.
The swearing-in proceeded as former Chief Judge Delbert Ray, Sr. swore in Enos as Community President; Enos’ witnesses were her two grandchildren (in O’odham way) and Community elder Alfretta Antone. Ray then swore in newly elected Chief Judge Ryan Andrews, who then continued to swear in Vice-President Martin Harvier and council representatives Tony Collins, Sr., Tom Largo, Lorna Ray and Willardine Sampson.
Afterward, re-elected Community President Enos spoke about the importance of teaching the Community’s children who they are as O’odham and Piipaash people.
“We are telling the children this is important [to know] who we are as O’odham and Piipaash people, and we must always continue and always be strong. [But] it cannot happen unless we all understand what the future means: we can have no future without our children, and we can have no future without cooperation and collaboration with each other. We must work with outside communities, cities, counties, the United States government and the state of Arizona only in ways that will benefit us and benefit our strength and perseverance as O’odham and Piipaash,” said Enos.
After the inauguration, dinner was served, and that was followed by a giveaway and social dances. Participants danced the night away to the sounds of Valenzuela and Company from the Tohono O’odham Nation.
The Community wishes to thank everyone who helped organize and sponsor this event: On-Auk-Mor Smoke Shop owner David Montiel for sponsoring the Inaugural Dance, Casino Arizona for donating water; and the following Community departments/participants: Administration, the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Young River People’s Council, Recreation, Public Works, Salt River Royalty, Human Resources, Dave Rubio, Cecelia Antone, program participants, Community Relations, CRO Administration, Au-Authm Action News, Digital Signage, Events and Media Relations.